Bippity, Boppity, Bust: A Tale of an Unfortunate Dance

By Kayla Allen, 10th grade

It looked like a scene straight out of a winter wonderland. Holiday trees with twinkling white lights illuminated the room and served as the perfect backdrops for a charming photo-station. A table was set up along one of the walls, and it had been carefully adorned with beautiful winter centerpieces. The centerpieces, of course, weren’t the main attraction; the main attraction was a combination of chips and drinks and desserts. All the winter treats one could ever want were here on this table.

Yet, something was missing. An essential element seemed to be absent here: people. 

Maybe this lack of bodies can be accounted for by the $15 entry fee (though all the proceeds went towards prom, a ridiculously underfunded event that is crucial to the high-school experience) or by a lack of effective marketing, with some claiming that there wasn’t enough advertising. Regardless of the reason, anyone walking into the MPR in the middle of the 9th through 12th grade dance would be overwhelmed by the tired, borderline lethargic atmosphere.

In my humble opinion I feel as though this dance could have been marketed much better to attract more students. Prom is a good cause and this was the perfect opportunity to raise money, but a majority of students claim they didn’t know the details of the event itself. It’s high time that the different entities of Imagine learn that a morning announcement is usually not enough to get the word out. They might be slightly effective if the target audience is PYP, but MYP students are probably too tired at 8:15 in the morning to be listening meticulously.

But effective marketing or not, the majority of the blame as to why this dance was not as successful as it could have been falls onto the shoulders of Imagine’s high-schooler themselves. The decorations were beautiful and the event itself was carefully thought out and well-planned. (Thanks Mrs. Smith, you’re a genius). The multipurpose room looked like a winter wonderland, there was a real DJ, and the cost of entry included as much food as one could eat. But still, despite the hard work done to make this dance fun for students, the turn-out was less than stellar. And that’s disheartening. A startling amount of students who did attend spent too much of the night sitting along the back-walls, choosing not to participate. Some kids didn’t even bust a move for the Cupid Shuffle, the cliche of all school dances across the United States of America. The participation was in no way up to standard, to the point where the highlight of the evening was an impromptu dance performance by the Imagine Staff.

Students, this is your high school experience. You make what you want to of it. These dances will be your memories (or lack thereof) one day. Whats the harm in throwing on some nice-ish clothes and coming out on a Saturday night to support your own prom? As a school that prides itself on its tight-knit community, we should be able to fill up the entire MPR in no time. No matter how well-planned, dances are a social event, and without any participation from us, time after time dances will be duds. So let’s… do better, next time.

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